Patents by Inventor Kristopher Karl Brown

Kristopher Karl Brown has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10850711
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a display panel comprising a display surface in connection with an exterior portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises an acoustic vibration device dynamically coupled to the display surface and a sensor configured to detect a foreign material on a portion of the display screen. A controller is configured to identify a temperature of an environment proximate the vehicle. In response to the detection of the foreign material, the controller is configured to activate a plurality of vibration control routines of the acoustic vibrational device based on the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20200346580
    Abstract: An audible accessibility system for a vehicle comprises a first audible device in connection with a first door. A second audible device is in connection with a portion of the vehicle. An actuator is configured to adjust a position of the first door. A controller is configured to control an opening for access to the vehicle by controlling the actuator to adjust the position of the first door and the first audible device. The controller is further configured control an audible entry routine comprising controlling the first audible device to output a first audible indication and the second audible device to output a second audible indication, wherein the first audible indication and the second audible indication are spatially separated by the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kristopher Karl Brown, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Joshua Wheeler, James Matthew Zaremski
  • Publication number: 20200346625
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a display panel comprising a display surface in connection with an exterior portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises an acoustic vibration device dynamically coupled to the display surface and a sensor configured to detect a foreign material on a portion of the display screen. A controller is configured to identify a temperature of an environment proximate the vehicle. In response to the detection of the foreign material, the controller is configured to activate a plurality of vibration control routines of the acoustic vibrational device based on the temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20200328744
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a door coupled to the body. The door is operable between opened and closed positions. A cinch assembly is operably coupled to the door. A door seal is positioned along at least a portion of a door opening, wherein the door seal includes a first conductor and a second conductor positioned therein. The first and second conductors are dielectrically isolated and cooperate to generate a capacitive signal. A controller is configured to monitor the capacitive signal and control the cinch assembly in response to the capacitive signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kristopher Karl Brown, Fedor Balayev, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20200308882
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body having an uninterrupted side aperture that provides access to an interior passenger cabin. A front door is hingedly attached at a forward edge of the uninterrupted side aperture. The front door is selectively operable between front open and front closed positions. A rear door is hingedly attached at a rearward edge of the uninterrupted side aperture. The rear door is selectively operable between rear open and rear closed positions. A latching assembly is at least partially positioned within the body and configured to receive the front door in the front closed position and the rear door in the rear closed position. A sealing assembly is defined between a forward seal of the rear door and a rearward seal of the front door. The forward and rearward seals engage one another in a fully-closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Publication number: 20200300027
    Abstract: A power door system for a vehicle comprises an actuator configured to control a position of a door about a hinge assembly. The system further comprises a plurality of detection devices configured to detect an approaching passenger approaching the vehicle and a seated passenger within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. An angular position sensor is configured to identify an angular position of the door. A controller is configured to control the actuator to position the door in a first opened position in response to the detection of the approaching passenger and control the actuator to control the door to a second closed position in response to detecting the seated passenger in the passenger compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher Karl Brown, David Brian Glickman, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Larry Dean Elie, Robert F. Novak
  • Patent number: 10719287
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of operating the vehicle may include activating a first touch screen, mounted on an exterior of the vehicle, illustrating a keypad and activating a first privacy screen in the first touch screen; and activating a second touch screen, mounted on the vehicle exterior, displaying information without activating a second privacy screen in the second touch screen. The touch screens may have built-in heaters, produce ads based on user distance from the vehicle and provide countdown timers for ride-share vehicle departure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher Karl Brown, Cornel L. Gardner, Chad Matthew McCarty, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10708700
    Abstract: A system includes a microphone mounted inside a vehicle, a speaker mounted outside the vehicle, a camera with a field of view encompassing a seat of the vehicle, and a computer in communication with the microphone, speaker, and camera. The computer is programmed to, in response to data from the camera indicating a gesture by an occupant of the seat, activate the speaker to broadcast based on data transmitted by the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Publication number: 20200150915
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of operating the vehicle may include activating a first touch screen, mounted on an exterior of the vehicle, illustrating a keypad and activating a first privacy screen in the first touch screen; and activating a second touch screen, mounted on the vehicle exterior, displaying information without activating a second privacy screen in the second touch screen. The touch screens may have built-in heaters, produce ads based on user distance from the vehicle and provide countdown timers for ride-share vehicle departure time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kristopher Karl Brown, Cornel L. Gardner, Chad Matthew McCarty, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10633895
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle is provided that includes a deployable handle body located on a door, keypad contacts on an outer side of the handle body, an actuator configured to deploy the handle to a deployed position, a plurality of proximity sensors located on the handle body and generating activation fields, and a controller processing signals generated by the sensors to determine an input command for controlling the actuator and to determine a keypad input. The handle body may include one or more light sources for illuminating the handle body and/or areas proximate to the vehicle when in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Patent number: 10599260
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a first display panel in connection with a first door trim portion and a second display panel in connection with a second door trim portion. The first and second door trim portions are adjacent to each other. Each of the display panels comprises a touch sensor and a heater layer distributed over a corresponding display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kristopher Karl Brown, Annette Lynn Huebner, David Brian Glickman, Cornel Lewis Gardner